Health Board celebrates Wellness Fund recipients

GUYSBOROUGH – The Guysborough County Community Health Board (CHB) hosted a Wellness Fund cheque presentation celebration Wednesday at The Guysborough Legion.

This event recognized the groups and organizations who were successful in receiving Wellness Fund grants made available by the Community Health Boards throughout the province. The Wellness Fund program is for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and address the health priorities identified by the community health boards in their current community health plan. The Antigonish Town and County Community Health Board received a total of 22 applications this year; 11 received Wellness Fund grants. Here are the successful 2019 Community Health Board Wellness Fund recipients:


  • Canso and Area Community Events Association – Senior Christmas Dinner
  • Canso Area Shamrock Club – Tune Up
  • Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy – Breakfast Program
  • Eastern Communities Youth Association – Pre-Teen Cooking Classes
  • Guysborough County Adult Learning Association – Journaling using Technology
  • Mulgrave Garden Club – Mulgrave Garden Program
  • Municipality of the District of St. Mary's – After School Recreation Hockey gear up Program
  • Schools Plus Guysborough County – Stock it Up: Food for All
  • Sherbrooke Opportunities Society – Healthy Practices – Healthy You
  • Upper Big Tracadie/ Lincolnville Education Committee – Christmas Supports
  • Youth Health Committee – Guysborough Academy – Youth Wellness forum


Mary Desmond, chair of the Guysborough County Community Health Board, says it’s important to share the work the board is doing and how the community can be involved in that work.

“The board is very pleased with the increase of Wellness Fund applications this year. The diversity in the number of applications from local organizations covered all our priorities of the Collaborative Community Health Plan which are: food security, poverty, early childhood education and social inclusion.

“It is exciting to see that more local organizations are aware of the Wellness Fund and are submitting initiatives for healthier communities.”

Janet Delorey, Chair Eastern Communities Youth Association Canso, said at the presentation, "ECYA is a registered charity that serves school aged youth in Canso and surrounding communities. Our recreational programming is always focused on assisting kids to make good life choices. These funds support our upcoming Pre-teen Healthy Cooking Classes. Developing healthy cooking (and eating) skills at an early age is a fun way to teach kids to care for themselves; something we hope they carry with them well into adulthood."

If anyone wishes to know more about the Community Health Board Wellness Fund program, please visit or contact Community Health Board coordinator Dorothy Bennett at 902-867-4500 ext.4 272 or